Very Best Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours


12 servings

Updated: Oct. 23, 2022
These sweet and tangy barbecue beef sandwiches definitely live up to their name. Friends will want the recipe—they’re that good.
Very Best Barbecue Beef Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split
  • Dill pickle slices, optional


  1. Cut roast in half. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, onion, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, celery seed, paprika and pepper; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove meat. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into juices. Return to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. When meat is cool enough to handle, shred with two forks. Return to slow cooker and stir in sauce mixture; heat through. Serve on rolls with pickle slices if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 sandwich (calculated without pickles): 417 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 881mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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